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« on: November 18, 2018, 11:29:49 PM »

Can some of you guys give me recommendations on where to purchase 4# to 6# balsa in the US?  I'm mainly interested in 1/32" and 1/20" sticks and sheets.

I need your ideas of places where I can buy just the weight I need without having to weigh and sort the stuff when I get it.  (It's not that I mind doing the weighing and sorting, it's just I've already got a lifetime supply of 'heavy' balsa.)  Easy Built Models is the only place I've found so far.  There has to be others.

    George

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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2018, 05:23:44 AM »

I  can't help with anyone in the USA George but you may like to have a look at this chap - his balsa is superb.  Unique almost!  I did not intend by the way to tease you! Wink

http://www.aeroaces.com/greenmanbalsa.htm
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2018, 06:14:05 AM »

I have bought 4-6# balsa from Sig. https://sigmfg.com
contact them and tell them what you want and they can hand pick sheets (at a per sheet mark up that is not exorbitant)
Also National Balsa has some but they have a minimum purchase price.
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2019, 07:40:27 PM »

Hmmm... Care when ordering from SIG.
 Despite buying Balsa from SIG since '75.... I  currently refuse to buy more  from them.
Last order.. specifying Contest balsa 4 ~6 lbs ..And... paying the premium, I received mostly ~8lb.
 When I complained, response was essentially: "So Sad .. too bad",  as ~ 8lb is what we currently consider to be within select Contest balsa grade.
 Other small asides.. 1/32 nd sheets were actually 1 mm thick and All sheets were of inconsistent thickness... Grrr.
Clearly..End of an Era.
Seriously suggest finding a more reliable source, I'm having to.
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2019, 10:24:20 PM »

I've had good luck with Specialized Balsa LLC and National Balsa.
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2019, 10:47:38 PM »

When researching Gizmo Geezer information, I noticed that Model Aviation Products also cuts contest grade balsa.

URL:  https://www.modelaviationproducts.com/

Give them a try too.
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2019, 11:29:35 PM »


I've made two attempts, by email, to get in touch with Green-Man Balsa but have yet to receive a reply.    I'm hoping that the holidays just have Nick a little behind on his email responses.

In the meantime I did order some "extra light" balsa from Specialized Balsa.   It was good stuff, and will order from them again, but I still had to do some sorting.

One of my problems right now is finding some decent C-grain for props.   So far, only about a fourth to a third of the each C-grain sheet has been suitable for props.   (I don't know, maybe that is normal.)


Thanks for all the suggestions.
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2019, 12:49:12 AM »

George,

       For balsa try Easy Built Models.   They are in Prattville Alabama.  334-358-5184.  <easybuiltmodels.com>

                                                              Good people.     Alan
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2019, 07:01:38 AM »


Easy Built Models is on my list of suppliers but they are all out of 1/32" C-grain.   Been out for quite some time.
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2019, 11:34:18 AM »


I've made two attempts, by email, to get in touch with Green-Man Balsa but have yet to receive a reply. 


I e-mailed Nick on the 23rd December and got a reply within two minutes !!!

I know he is quite busy at the moment so he may have just missed your e-mails.

His e-mail address is;

        [email protected]

Just in case you have been typing it wrong  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2019, 01:19:14 PM »

I'll put in another vote for Specialized Balsa.  They can get you wood of a specified density, grain, and thickness for not too much money.  Granted, on their website, it seems pricey, when they state "100% markup for select grain and contest weight".  But when you figure the base price of wood for model building is around $3 for a 36" x 3" sheet, so you end up spending $9 for that sheet once you get the light weight grain specific wood, it isn't really that expensive.  You can build a lot of models with that sheet of wood. 

That said, for some applications, I think custom cut indoor wood (like that from Nick) is the only way to go.  I would not trust an F1D motor stick for example, to be built from anything less than stellar balsa. 

~Chris
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« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2019, 08:00:24 AM »

I've had pretty good luck with Specialized Balsa too.

I was also just notified my first order from Greenman was mailed out. Can't wait to get it and start building.
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